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focus." . >>> welcome to the show. i'm susan sikora. we begin with an update on california's plans for high- speed rail. and so, we welcome back the executive director of the transportation institute. welcome back. >> nice to be here. thank you. >> before we get started on this, we want to know the update on everything here. let's go with the events of the past week here with the hurricane/super storm sandy. really devastating and putting out of commission all the mass transportation in the new york metropolitan area. what if something like that happened here? would we be prepared? >> no place can be prepared for that. it shuts down the economy. >> yeah. >> and you stay home. you go to high ground. but, as a matter of fact, the mass transportation system is the last to be shut down. the highways went down first. >> uh. >> the bridges went down first. so, really mass transportation system is what saved the area longer. if there was an emergency evacuation, the mass transportation systems would be activated to get people out of the area. >> okay. and in terms of in the bay area, thou
in california is a program for the poor. >> and this goes through november 4th. i worry about programs on november-- like -- excuse me, on january 4th. and i worry about that on january 5th. >> that is always what we're doing, the same thing. we're not going to distribute all of the food destroy error -- food drive food before the holidays are over, we're going to have some of that. we're raising money now and we'll raise more than we will spend in this period of time, but it has to last us until the fund raising season next year. >> huh. >> and there is a lot going on. >> if someone needs help, how do they go through and get it? there is a lot of people, especially the first-time person going in. they're embarrassed and don't want to be seen by neighbors, i don't want to tell you i'm going in here or someone you know there well after all -- after all. >> yeah. >> what is the process? >> the easiest way for people to get food assistance is call 211. >> 211. pick up the phone and call 211. >> exactly. we want to get people to the place closest to them, the time of the day and day of th
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